Matthew Morrison, Gwyneth Paltrow pay tribute to Monteith
July 15th, 2013
10:06 AM ET

Matthew Morrison, Gwyneth Paltrow pay tribute to Monteith

"Glee" star Matthew Morrison soldiered on with a show in New York on Sunday with the death of Cory Monteith heavy on his mind.

The 34-year-old actor and singer was scheduled to perform at 54 Below, and according to the New York Times, he acknowledged the "awkward" difficulty of taking the stage.

“You guys came to see a show, I came to perform a show, so that’s what we’ll do," Morrison told the audience. "And we’ll do it in Cory’s honor.”

Morrison had worked alongside Monteith on the Fox comedy since 2009, playing the enthusiastic teacher Mr. Schuester to Monteith's lovable jock Finn. Along with the rest of the cast, Morrison was heartbroken over the loss of the actor, whose death has stunned Hollywood.

The 31-year-old's body was discovered by staff at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver, Canada, on Saturday.

As a tribute to Monteith, whom Morrison called his brother, the star changed his opening number and gave an a capella version of "What I Did For Love" from the musical "A Chorus Line," which was performed during "Glee's" second season.

Gwyneth Paltrow, too, has guest-starred on "Glee" as a teacher with singing skills, and said in a statement Sunday that she feels for the cast and crew of the series, especially Monteith's co-star and girlfriend, Lea Michele.

"Cory was a sweet and talented man," Paltrow said. "My heart breaks for Lea and the entire 'Glee' family."

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  1. james frisbey

    When will this country judge a person by the content of the character but not by race? Times are not changing. Shame on us as being the land of the free!

    July 20, 2013 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. Michelle

    Everyone grieves differently... she is allowed to griev and so is his family........ who cares if she doesn't come out with a "statement"....why should she????? she is a normal person just like the rest of us who happens to be on tv. she has feelings....let her be....

    Rip cory, you will be missed.......

    July 18, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Wacking off mess had nothing too do with boo ...PRINT OUT ALL ID HACKS..THANKS


    July 18, 2013 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |


    July 16, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jane


    July 15, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Laura Maguire

    It is interesting that an actress cannot come up with words to mourn a co-star/friend/lover/fellow actor.
    In the tune that describes "no business like show business"–there is mentioned that the actor's "favorite uncle died at dawn" yet it is implied that no one would know that because in the world of the theater it is the show that takes
    center stage (must go on). "methinks" Lea Michelle is "hogging the stage" by not even giving so much as a "peep"
    of a statement. "Devastation" needs to be espressed for grief to be managed. Perhaps Ms. Michelle needs to be
    advised of that.

    July 15, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • big4now

      Are you serious? Let the woman grieve in peace. Who are you to say what she "should" do? You sound pretty heartless. Hogging the stage, indeed.

      July 15, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michele

      Often when a loss comes and hits so hard, when grief overcomes us...there are no words. Lea Michele should be granted the right to say or not say anything. Her heart is most likely broken. There are no words for that.

      July 15, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sue

      Seriously? Ms. Michelle just lost her boyfriend of a year, and a dear friend. She does not owe any of us a comment on his death. This is a private matter for her and none of our business. When, and IF, she wants to tell "us" how she feels that is entirely up to her. When you have lost someone did you feel the need to "express" your feelings to everyone that doesn't matter or have an impact on your life? She is a human being and deserves privacy. Instead of bashing her for not speaking out right now, provide compassion and a shoulder for her so that she knows people care about her, rather than act as if she owes us a comment.

      July 15, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      Seriously? I'm pretty sure this girl has a lot more important things to be concerned with then if her "grief" is acceptably displayed to the public. "Hogging the stage"? Really? I hope to God you aren't managing anyone in their time of distress because they'd appear to be the least symapthetic person alive in my book.

      July 15, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • WTH

      Seriously. You're kidding right?

      July 15, 2013 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • tango

      She just lost a loved one and your demanding a public statement of grief to satisfy your own morbid curiosity? If she wants to grieve privately, that is absolutely her prerogative. There is a world outside of twitter, tv, and facebook, you know– a real world, in fact. Perhaps you need to be advised of that.

      July 15, 2013 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joanna


      How can you be so callous . Her life partner just died. Her life is not a sitcom , that's her job . She needs to mourn in the way she sees fit . The hurt and sadness and overwhelming grief she must be going through ones not need to be displayed for sick people to gauk at. My goodness ! It's basic human courtesy , something you must not possess.

      July 15, 2013 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • JLB

      "methinks" you should not procreate...

      July 16, 2013 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Procreate...

      we can ignore him he's another wacking off mess.

      July 16, 2013 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Idiot Sniffer

      sniff..sniff–Yep, you're an idiot!!

      July 16, 2013 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      Another hearless troll added to the bucket. I wonder how Ms Maguire would feel if we demanded a statement after a loved one of hers died.

      July 16, 2013 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Daisy

      gosh, it hasn't even been a week yet. i'm not her biggest fan, but for Christ sake, taking a week or two before coming out to make a statement, to people she really doesn't even know, or truly owe anything to, is a lot to ask.

      July 18, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Beaver Charges

    how many years..

    July 15, 2013 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |

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